Modify reference model details

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance

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Modify reference model details

Modify reference model details

After you have inserted a reference modelmodel which the designer can use as an aid when building another model

A reference model is created in Tekla Structures or in other software and can be inserted to Tekla Structures. The reference model appears together with the model but it is not modified by Tekla Structures. The user can snap to reference model points.

For example, an architectural model, a plant design model, or a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) model can be a reference model.

, you can modify its details.

Limitation: Coordinates given in the Details area are always relative to model coordinates. You can modify the coordinate system only if model coordinate system is used in the reference model.

  1. Click the Reference Models button in the side pane on the right of the Tekla Structures main window.
  2. In the Reference Models list, double-click the reference model that you want to modify.
  3. Click the arrow on the Details row, and change the desired details:
    • Change Code , Title , Phase and Description of the reference model.

      The code could be a site number, project number, or accounting number. By default, the title is the same as the name of the imported reference model. You may want to use the name of the discipline or the company instead, for example. Write the description according to the company conventions. The phase is the design phase of the reference model (not the phase in the Tekla Structures model).

    • You can import another version of the reference model using the File box.
    • In the Group box, you can select a new group for the reference model.
    • You can also change the Location by selection.

      If reference model is inserted by using a base pointpoint in a model that is used to define a starting point in surveying and that is used as an anchor point in coordinate and height transformations

      A Tekla Structures project can have several base points but only one of them can be the project base point.

      Base points allow the use of another coordinate system needed for interoperability and collaboration. Base points can also be used in drawings, and in reports and templates. Model origin is the default base point in Tekla Structures.

      Base points are also called control points.

      , and you change the Location by , the offset values are relative to the base point. When you click Modify , the model position changes according to East coordinate , North coordinate and Elevation setting differences.

    • You can change the Offset by entering new coordinates or by picking a new offset.
    • You can change the Rotation by entering a new value or picking a new location.
    • Click the arrow on the User-defined attributes row, and enter values for the user-defined attributes.

      You may enter strings (texts), select dates or enter numeric information depending on the type of the user-defined attributeobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object properties

      User-defined attributes are used when the predefined object properties are not sufficient but more properties are needed. For example, comment, locked, and erection status are user-defined attributes.

      . The reference model user-defined attributes are defined in their own section in the objects.inp file. If you have several objects.inp files, they are read in a specific reading order, for more information, see User-defined attributes (UDAs) in the objects.inp file.

  4. Click Modify. The changes that you made are implemented in the reference model.

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